Around Town First Day NOVEMBER 20, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)
APS CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will also be no DD preschool on these days.
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GUARDIANS OF THE CHILDREN — Pecos Valley Guardians of the Children will hold an event from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and games, music, raffles, a silent auction and more will be available. A picture scavenger hunt for motorcycles and cars will also be held. Cost to participate in the hunt is $20 or one new, unwrapped toy and $10. For more information, contact Rocket at 432-553-7020 or Cowboy at 575-602-6343.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)
HEALING CRUSADE — A Believe healing crusade will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Artesia Center with international evangelist Bob McGinnas. For more information, call 505-906-5139.
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BULLDOG SAMS — The November meeting of the Bulldog Sams RV Club will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Pecos Diamond for a dutch treat supper. Dues are due at this time. For more information, call 484-3385.
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YOUTH BASKETBALL — Registration is open for first- and second-grade coed and third- through sixth-grade girls’ youth basketball. Cost is $35 per player. Register from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Artesia Center; deadline is Nov. 21.
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CAR WASH — Victory Life Fellowship will hold a car wash, weather permitting, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Burger King. Cost is $10 per vehicle.
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PORCELAIN ART — The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet at 9 a.m. for coffee and 9:30 a.m. for business Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Westminster Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 2801 W. Fourth St., Roswell. Bring unfinished Christmas projects to work on after business. There will be no demonstration. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Linda Monk at 623-2417 or Julia Esquibel at 622-5024.
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GARAGE SALE — The Artesia Meal Site and Adult Day Care Center will hold a fundraiser garage sale from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1313 W. Gilchrist Ave. Items will include furniture, a pool table, restaurant-type equipment, clothing, burritos and more.
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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD — Nov. 17-23 is collection week for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Volunteers will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. on these dates at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center to receive boxes. Boxes received after Nov. 23 cannot be shipped. For more information, call 746-3370 or 746-2322.
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BOOKS N’ BITES — The Friends of the Artesia Public Library will host a Books N’ Bites reading and book signing with Congressman Steve Pearce from noon – 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the library Community Room. Admission is free. The group will have sandwiches, chips, cookies and water available for $3 for attendees desiring a quick lunch.
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HOSPITAL BOARD — The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.
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LIBRARY CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The road department will be closed Nov. 26-28. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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PARADE OF LIGHTS — Float applications for Light Up Artesia’s Parade of Lights are available now at artesiamainstreet.com. The parade is free to enter and lots of fun. Applications are due Nov. 28; Light Up Artesia will be held Dec. 4. For more information, call 746-1117.
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BASKETBALL BOOSTERS — The Artesia High School boys’ and girls’ Basketball Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bulldog Pit. All high school basketball parents are encouraged to attend.
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SIXTH MAN CLUB — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Sixth Man Club – a basketball supporters’ club similar to football’s Quarterback Club – is asked to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Bulldog Pit. For more information, contact coach Michael Mondragon at 308-3524.
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TOYS FOR TOTS TOURNEY — The Second Annual Toys for Tots Softball Tournament will be held Dec. 6 at Jaycee Park. Entry is $225 per team for the double elimination-format tournament. Prizes will be awarded for first through third places in men’s and coed divisions. Each player must bring a new, unwrapped toy in order to play. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $1 each, with the winner receiving 25 percent of the pot and Grammy’s House 75 percent. To register or for more information, contact Anthony at 706-6299.
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TOY RUN — The Sixth Annual Guerreros Toy Run will be held Saturday, Nov. 29. Bikers will meet at the Roswell Mall at 11 a.m. and leave at noon. Toys or a $10 donation will be accepted at the last stop, Hooraw, 1003 S. Atkinson, Roswell, in order to enter the event, which will feature food, live music, door prizes, live auctions, and fun for the entire family. Toys may also be dropped off in advance at Champion and Ericson Equipment in Artesia and Collette Place, Sam’s Club, Rib Crib, Lykins Tire, Fleet Pride or the Roswell Mall in Roswell.
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MEALS ON WHEELS — Artesia Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers. The organization delivers hot lunches to the elderly and disabled. For more information on volunteering or registering a participant to receive meals, call 746-9642.
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SEEK FIRST BASKETBALL — Registration is underway for Seek First Sports basketball for boys and girls in grades K-7. Cost is $30 per child, $5 less for each additional child in the same family. Season begins Jan. 5. Registration forms may be picked up at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center.
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TOYS FOR TOTS — Toys for Tots has begun its 2014 campaign. Look for boxes in local establishments and donate a toy for a child in need. For more information, contact Linda Ranes at 575-457-2058.
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BULLDOG SAMS QUILT — The Bulldog Sams RV Club is selling raffle tickets for a star quilt made and donated by the Artesia Quilters Guild. All proceeds will benefit local charities. To purchase, see any member or call 746-6890.
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE — The Keeping the Dream Alive organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Artesia Center, 612 N. Eighth St. The public is invited to attend.
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GRIEF SHARE — Lakeview Christian Hospice will offer Grief Share, a video and support group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday mornings at the Senior Center, 202 Chisum Ave. For more information, contact Ronda Suderman King at 575-887-0933.
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CAREGIVER SUPPORT — Lakeview Christian Hospice will host a Caregiver Support Group from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Samantha Clifton at 575-887-0933.
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LITERACY PROGRAM — Mothers are encouraged to utilize the time their children are in school by improving English, math and computer skills or working on a GED through the Artesia Literacy Council’s New Beginnings program. For more information, call 748-9740 or visit 2002 W. Grand Ave. (inside Westside Church of Christ).
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SENIOR BINGO — The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation’s senior citizens’ bingo program takes place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
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BAG SALE — The Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary will have bag sales each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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DIVORCE CARE — Divorce Care meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the fireside room at Trinity Temple. For more information, contact Debi Argo at 748-2962.
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LITERACY TUTORING — One-on-one tutoring services are now available at the Artesia Literacy Council. Regular business hours are from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The council is seeking students ready to work on GED, ESL or basic skills and tutors willing to teach. Call 748-9740.
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WOMEN’S AA — A women’s AA group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays at 505 W. Richey Ave. For more information, call 748-5412.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — Alcoholics Anonymous will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 505 W. Richey.
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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS — The We are Not Saints group will meet from 7-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 809 S. 10th St.